Saturday, February 15, 2014

Country Staycation Weekend at Discovery Suites

We decided to continue the tradition of welcoming the Chinese New Year in style.  This year, we spent our CNY Staycation weekend at the Discovery Country Suites in Tagaytay.  This city, with its cool and breezy weather, always evokes peace and tranquility.  A perfect getaway for families looking for a break from the daily grind.  Discovery Country Suites (DCS) under the Discovery Suites hotel chain, is an elegant country- side Bed and Breakfast retreat that offers a great view of the Tagaytay ridge and Taal lake and volcano. I like the idea of simply chilling out and doing nothing.

Misty mornings at Country Suites

Facade of the Discovery Country Suites

Our suite opens to this loft

There are seven suites at DCS and each comes with a unique theme. The rooms  are spacious and comfortable enough for a family of four. We had the Spanish-themed Andalucia suite located at the loft level.

This window overlooks the lake... and the Starbucks beside DCS

Bold colors dominate the Andalucia suite
The Verbena restaurant is cozy and intimate setting that extends to an enclosed balcony. Sumptuous breakfast is served here.  Select a hearty breakfast of your choice from their extensive menu and the chef will cook this for you.  There is an accompanying spread of bread, cheese, jam and fresh fruits and juices.  I selected the very tempting steak and eggs breakfast. Every calorie was worth it!

Guests also are treated to a wine and cheese platter every afternoon at the Verbena restaurant.  Perfect for an afternoon chit-chat with hubby while we excitedly ponder our plans for 2014.  The youngsters get to have cookies and milk for an afternoon snack.

My brekky of choice- Steak and Eggs.
Will worry about the calories later.
Sumptuous breakfast at the balcony.
I'd love to wake up everyday with this.
  
Wine and cheese afternoon with hubby while we ponder our 2014 plans
After breakfast, we also did a bit of exploration around. There is a small garden that overlooks the Tagaytay ridge and a family sized jacuzzi pool, if you dare to jump in and brave the surrounding cold weather!

Small backyard garden for an afternoon stroll

The lake and volcano -- visible when its not too misty

Jacuzzi pool looks tempting. But not in this weather.

A quiet staycation - just what we needed
Likes

  • Intimate setting - with maximum of seven rooms, you are not plagued by an abundant, rowdy crowd
  • Perfect for those looking for a peaceful retreat
  • Tasty and tempting food choices at Verbena restaurant. 
  • Close to Starbucks for your caffeine fix
  • Lots of other places to see around Tagaytay, if you feel like going out
However,
  • I would not go there again on a holiday weekend though. Traffic was a bummer!
  • I appreciate peace and quiet.  At some point, the place was way toooooo quiet.
  • The bathroom amenities and towels need some upgrade. I expected better given the price of an overnight stay.
Overall, it was a weekend well spent.  Just what I needed just before the stressful weeks ahead at work!